If you suffer from a neck or back injury, you will quickly realize just how debilitating it can be. Neck and back injuries can impact every movement you make. Chiropractic care is a safe and non-invasive treatment option that can help treat and heal many common injuries. Through chiropractic adjustments, a chiropractor can work to restore balance to the body, helping to alleviate symptoms. Below, let's learn more about chiropractic adjustments and care.
An X-ray machine is a diagnostic device that captures images of the inside of your body. X-rays consist of light and radio waves that have a high amount of energy to pass through materials in your body. As the waves reach the film, they act as a light. Any dense materials, including bone and metal, appear white on the film, while your muscles and fat show up as different shades of gray.
When we schedule you for an X-ray, we want to look for any issues with your bones that could be causing your pain and discomfort. For instance, you may have a bone spur that's placing pressure on your surrounding soft tissue and nerves. Our chiropractor may order an X-ray to evaluate the amount of degeneration you have, which is when your bones begin to change as a result of the aging process. Often, degeneration leads to pain or discomfort. With an X-ray, it's also possible for our chiropractor to find abnormalities like scoliosis and arthritis.
Some of our patients have concerns about radiation exposure from an X-ray. Currently, researchers are further examining the amount of radiation exposure and long-term consequences. However, as of now, X-rays are considered to be safe and only expose you to a small amount of radiation per test. In most cases, the benefits outweigh the risks. Before we perform the imaging test, our chiropractor will take into consideration your health and age. Additionally, we don't perform X-rays on expecting mothers because of the potential risk to the unborn baby.
Schedule an appointment with Charleston Chiropractic Associates, serving Charleston, SC, and the general vicinity, by calling (843) 225-4357. We are here to find the root cause of your problem so that we can improve your overall health naturally. Contact us today!